The Rockingham Beach Foreshore is set to be transformed during the much-anticipated return of the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, running from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 3 November 2019.
The 11th Castaways returns bigger and better than ever following the completion of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project, with the non-acquisitive Alcoa Major Award doubled to $10,000 and a new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition also set to be held simultaneously at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
A two-day Foreshore Celebration celebrating the newly revitalised foreshore precinct will also take place during the opening weekend of the exhibition. A variety of free events for people of all ages and abilities will be available, adding to the festive experience of Castaways.
The exhibition encourages the concept of recycling, with one of the world’s most recyclable materials, aluminium, a key item for many participating artists. Works in the exhibition will range from representative to abstract.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Castaways highlighted the City’s strong commitment to both sustainability, and cultural development and the arts.
“Castaways is the premier art and culture event in the City and we are delighted to be hosting it again in 2019,” Mayor Sammels said.
The exhibition gives emerging and professional artists a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities while at the same time promoting the importance of sustainability.”
Studio Payoka’s (William Leggett and Michele Ulrich) The Earth is Thought, is a mediation on the natural and manmade world. The work, all five metres of it, consists of a series of bent recycled aluminium pipes and concrete pillars containing aluminium ‘islands’ filled with native plants.
Lawrence Smoker’s Sea Eagle, which is close to life size, has feathers made from the blades of blinds and a body covered in fabric from an old teddy bear. Richard Aitken meanwhile, has joined together old washing machines and dryers to form a large dice while Sioux Tempestt has used blocks of compressed recycled aluminium for her work, Compression.
Curator Lyn DiCiero said works featured in the exhibition were often poetic and thought provoking.
“Castaways 2019 promises to be an exceptional return for the show, and visitors to the newly revamped Foreshore will not be disappointed,” Ms DiCiero said.
Medina artist Lesley Barrett, a regular exhibitor at Castaways, said artists were thankful to the City of Rockingham and major sponsor Alcoa for their continued commitment to encouraging recycling and the event.
“The idea of using recycled materials in artworks has evolved dramatically in the past eleven years since Castaways started,” Ms Barrett said.
“It used to be called ‘scrap,’ but now prominent artists are using it as part of their practice as a matter of course.”
Castaways also aims to encourage environmentalism in future generations. Eleven primary schools and nine secondary schools feature works in the Schools Competition this year. Ten of these are the result of a special Up-Cycle Art Project, with students visiting a local landfill facility and working with artists to create a new sculpture.
A range of prizes are available for Castaways including:
- $10,000 Alcoa Major Award
- $5,000 Engie Innovation Award
- $5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award
- $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award
- $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award
- $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle Ports
- $500 Voter’s Prize sponsored by Fremantle Ports.
“The City also thanks sponsors Alcoa, Engie, Water Corporation, Warnbro Centre, Fremantle Ports, Artcom and the Lion’s Club of Rockingham for their support of the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards,” Mayor Sammels said.
Submissions for the City of Rockingham’s first ever Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, which will coincide with the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards, are now open to the community.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be displayed at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 26 October – 3 November 2019. The event will celebrate the beauty and intricacy of small scale, three dimensional artworks that are created with recycled and repurposed materials.
A $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award will be presented to one artist who demonstrates excellence in the creation of a small sculpture and whose work creatively uses recycled components.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the exhibition represented an exciting first for arts and culture in the City of Rockingham.
“The City is delighted to be hosting a Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition for the first time ever, which will be held simultaneously with the acclaimed Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Entries for the exhibition are open to both emerging and professional artists from across Western Australia, so I encourage local artists to make a submission.”
Artists can enter pieces into both the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, provided they adhere to the separate terms and conditions.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will run from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019, from 9am – 5pm daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
For more information or to submit an entry online visit Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition.
Primary and secondary school students across Western Australia now have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills at the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, after entries for the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition opened.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition encourages schools to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and re-purposed materials.
These works will then be displayed alongside other selected entries in the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore throughout October and November 2019.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition is proudly supported by Alcoa of Australia and the Lions Club of Rockingham, which sponsor the primary and secondary school awards respectively.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged schools across WA to enter the competition.
“The Castaways Sculpture Awards is the premier event for art and culture in the City of Rockingham and the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition is an important element of this magnificent event,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The Castaways Schools Exhibition gives students the chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.
“Historically, the entries the City has received from students of all ages has been very impressive and we look forward to seeing the bar being raised even further in 2019.”
Castaways is a nine-day outdoor exhibition that will be curated by Lyn Di Ciero. It will feature a two-day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019 which will see the foreshore come alive with free entertainment and activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Entries for the Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition close on Friday 2 August 2019. Judging will take place on Friday 25 October, with winners announced on Saturday 26 October 2019 during the official Castaways Opening Night and Awards Ceremony.
For more information or to make a submission visit the Castaways page on the City of Rockingham Website.
An award-winning idea from Comet Bay College student Rachel Jones has come to life with her Childhood Pavement Games initiative rolled out at various sites across the City of Rockingham.
The 16-year-old student’s idea won the 2017 Len Sheedy How Would You Improve Your Community Competition, which encouraged students to come up with ideas about how they would improve their community.
Rachel’s entry was the winner and was implemented across Rockingham with help from the City and local businesses.
Games include circular maze, calculating caterpillars, dinner time Mr Wolf, twister, snail A-Z, hopscotch (turn), hopscotch (fairies) and traditional hopscotch.
The games are painted outside the Gary Holland Community Centre, Town Square in Baldivis, Lions Park in Shoalwater and there are two outside Secret Harbour Shopping Centre.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated Rachel for her award-winning idea.
“Each year students from different high schools across the City come up with a variety of ideas that are then judged during the competition, before being handed over to the City for assessment,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Rachel’s entry, which won the competition last year, was a fantastic idea and the City was thrilled to help her implement it across Rockingham with the help of local businesses.
“As a City we are fortunate to have a great number of talented young people wanting to make a positive difference in their community.”
Rachel said she was inspired to implement the initiative after playing similar games at school.
“Whenever I would be walking somewhere, I would look at the pathways and think of families and how active kids are, so I thought there could be a small activity for kids on the go,” Rachel said.
“I used to have similar games at my primary school and loved playing on them.”
The competition and rollout of the Childhood Pavement Games was made possible with support from Bendigo Bank, Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce, Tiny Tots, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Lions Rockingham, Charter Hall and Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia.
A winner has been chosen in the City of Rockingham’s Selfie with a Senior competition, with Kelly Powell’s selfie announced as the winner.
The Selfie with a Senior competition encouraged community members to take a selfie with a senior and add a short description of why they chose that person.
The City received 60 entries from people of all ages and backgrounds who celebrated their grandparents, great-grandparents, neighbours, volunteers, friends and mentors.Kelly posing with her senior friends in an office setting.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said “Kelly Powell was the winner of $500 and was selected because of her dedication to honouring seniors and breaking down the stigma and stereotypes of old age.”
“Seniors are the heart and memory of the community so it was fantastic to see so many people celebrating them by embracing the Selfie with a Senior competition.
“It was a wonderful reflection on the deep respect and love that participants have for older people in our community.”
Ms Powell’s entry was announced as the winner during Seniors Week 2018, a nationwide event held annually to acknowledge the positive contribution seniors make to society.
“Campaigns such as the Selfie with a Senior competition play a vital role in changing the way we think about ageing and removing the harmful stereotypes that are associated with growing old.”
The description provided with Ms Powell’s winning selfie was as follows:
“I work for Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief. Most of our volunteers are seniors. They have taught me so many valuable lessons about life, friendship, love and acceptance. They buoy up our clients with caring, compassion and laughter and ask for nothing in return.
I took this photo of three of our volunteers and myself to show the friendships and love that are created despite age differences and (to) breakdown the stigma and stereotypes of old age. These people aren’t old, they’re the perfect example of vintage… better and more valuable as they age.”
See all the entries on the City of Rockingham Seniors page.